Not all sleep disorders are life-threatening but the same can’t be said of OSA – obstructive sleep apnea. People with this condition may experience a pause in breathing, briefly though, during their sleep. Even the breath may become very shallow and it can take place not once or twice but many times over a night. That’s why, this condition is taken very seriously as it comes with risks attached.
Similarly, OSA occurs where something blocks the upper airway, either completely or partly, during sleep or at night. Then the chest muscles and diaphragm have to work strenuously to open the blocked airway and pull air into the lungs. After that, body jerk or snort or a loud gasp precedes the resuming of sleep. Interestingly, the sufferer may not know about all this.
OSA and CPAP machine
We know the condition of OSA is characterized by a reduction of the flow of oxygen to vital organs causing irregular heart rhythms. And those diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea are recommended by doctors to wear a CPAP machine to get due relief.
Let’s understand how a CPAP machine can help those suffering from OSA –
- Not all people like wearing this machine as neither does it look attractive in most cases nor feels as lightweight as one would hope
- CPAP machines however are very helpful as not only they deliver superior sleep quality but they may also help save life, inadvertently
- These machines help a lot as there tend to be obstructions in the airway when one suffers from OSA which can cause periods of apnea
- The machine is helpful in fighting off long pauses in breathing and making patients get a quality sleep every night
- The machine has to be worn with a mask that will apply continuous pressure into the airway to keep the airway open and stop obstruction
- The goal should be to use only the best CPAP machine as not doing it might lead to some really serious health conditions
- The machine will help both your blood pressure and heart rate to remain within the manageable limit and not allowing any added pressure or stress on the heart
- Not wearing the machine means living with the risks that come from untreated sleep apnea and it also includes high blood pressure
- OSA may lead to problems with heart and vessels putting people to more serious health risks than they could imagine
- The machine helps from the problem of congestive heart failure (CHF) which takes place when the heart fails to pump out adequate oxygenated blood to the body
- Wearing the machine saves from the risk of sudden death often caused by periods of apnea meeting with an irregular heartbeat
- The machine keep patients away from the risks of heart attack as the walls of arteries don’t cause limited blood flow to the heart
- The machine is good at keeping the risk of stroke away so it should not be skipped on
- Oxygen is essential for the heart and CPAP machine comes help for that
Author Information: Irshad Alam , an experienced freelance writer, focusing efforts on Health.